As VIA have been away for 4 months spreading the word about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on our 4,000 mile Walk 4 PTSD it has meant we have been unable to organise much. The intention for this year was to just initiate the PTSD Awareness Month and hold a PTSD Awareness Ball.
Our minds were changed however on the walk due to the lack of support by the media and due to this the public believe there is no problem as reports in the media state that there is no problem due to statements by the MOD. This has made us have a rethink but we need the help of the Veterans Community and the general public to highlight the month.
VIA will be running an Appeal called ‘Pledge a Pound – Save a Life‘ with the idea of getting many people to donate a little as opposed to a few donating a lot. This way we spread Awareness. VIA will also be sending out PTSD Awareness pin badges and PTSD Awareness Wristbands that are made by the veterans we help.
Again the idea is that we ask people to contact us and to ask for a minimum of 10 badges or bands and they sell them in their local area, this way the word speads far wider than we could possibly do ourselves so we need as many people to contact us as possible,
Please contact Duncan Crockett, firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Of course we can send them in smaller numbers as well but prices need to be a little higher due to cost of items and postage.
- email Duncan with number of items you want
- email him your address and phone number
- send NO money we are basing this on trust
- we send items
- you sell them
- then send money raised
It can’t be simpler than that to make a difference.
So what can you do?
If you are part of a club, team or work force get them involved, do something to make a difference to a veteran who suffers.
- If you are a school teacher or headmaster then ask if the school can have a non-uniform day
- Ask your company to have a non-uniform day
- Ask your club to have a fundraiser
- Donate the cost of a coffee or pint
- Have a pub quiz
There are 1,000’s of ways you can make a difference, make October special and support VIA’s initiative to have the first PTSD Awareness Month.
To all those who have served or have been affected by a family member who has served we all know someone who suffers thiis our chance to help for not much effort it is far easier than throwing ice cold water over our heads, all we have to do is stand tall, wear a badge and be PTSD AWARE!!!!
We are PTSD AWARE, R U?